03 November 2003
Med Sci Monit 2003; 9(11): CR493-499 :: ID: 13376
BACKGROUND: Early referral is a major goal in chronic kidney diseases; however, loss to follow-up, potentially limiting its advantages, has never been studied. MATERIAL/METHODS: In order to assess the prevalence and causes of loss to follow-up, a telephone inquiry was performed in a renal outpatient unit, mainly dedicated to early referral of diabetic patients. Patients were considered to be in follow-up if there was at least one check-up in the period February 2001-February 2002, and lost to follow-up if the last check-up had occurred in the previous year. The reasons for loss to follow-up were related to typical clinical-biochemical parameters to define a "drop-out profile". RESULTS: 195 patients were on follow-up: median creatinine 1.4 mg/dL, age 64, 76.9% diabetics. 81 patients were lost to follow-up: creatinine 1.4 mg/dL, age 70, 73.8% diabetics. A telephone number was available in 87.6% of the cases; 25 were not found, 7 had died, 24 were non-compliant, 1 was bed-ridden, 12 had changed care unit, 2 had started dialysis. Renal care was shorter in those lost to follow-up; among the latter, serum creatinine and age were significantly lower in non-compliant patients. A logistic regression model confirmed the significance of lower serum creatinine at last check-up in non-compliant patients (p=0.018). CONCLUSIONS: Loss to follow-up is a problem in nephrology; lack of awareness probably causes the higher drop-out rate at lower creatinine levels. The initial period of care may be crucial for long-term compliance. Further studies are needed to tailor organizational and educational interventions.
Keywords: Kidney Diseases - diagnosis
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